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Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates. Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, pirate festival organizers, and more.

Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates. Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, pirate festival organizers, and more.
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San Jose, CA

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Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates. Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, pirate festival organizers, and more.

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English


Episodes

149 Michael LoPresti of Rogues Armada

7/17/2018
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Michael LoPresti is one of the earliest Jack Sparrow impersonators and coordinator of the Rogues Armada, a worldwide consortium of pirate entertainers. We dig into how the group came together and what everyone gets out of it. And we dive into the Jack Sparrow biz and how it's changed since he got into it. And, of course, some good hilarious "road stories". :) Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews...

Duration:00:33:26

148 T.F. Wright author of The Pirate's Fate

7/10/2018
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T.F. Wright, with is co-creator Volkenfox, is the author of a visual novel called The Pirate's Fate. It's a "Choose Your Own Adventure" style pirate book for the modern age. In our talk we discuss his strategies for keeping track of so many story lines at once, the changing nature of villains and how to keep them interesting, and why some people might be uncomfortable with anthropomorphised animals even though Disney and Warner Brothers have been using them for decades. Under The...

Duration:00:46:45

147 James Masciarelli author of Beyond Beauport

7/3/2018
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James Masciarelli is a former tech headhunter and nonfiction writer who's just released his first fiction novel, "Beyond Beauport" about a woman who discovers links to pirates in her family tree and goes hunting for a new lease on life because of it. James tells us how he forged his own new lease on life and what he learned from the many high end CEOs in his previous work. And we go deep into his writing and research process on all the wonderful locations in his new book. Under The...

Duration:00:56:32

146 Che Prasad and John Howard of Shark Alley Hobos

6/26/2018
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The Shark Alley Hobos are a sea shanty pirate band from Northern California and on today's show we'll talk with guitarists and singers Che Prasad and John Howard. We dig into the show that inspired them to turn from rock music to sea shanties and how they developed their sound from there. We go deep into crowd work at gigs and how they decided to cover a Prince song. And they also tell us about the event that inspired their latest single "A Hobo's Life For Me". Under The Crossbones is a...

Duration:00:56:18

145 Captain Jay Tucci

6/19/2018
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Captain Jay Tucci is a longtime pirate entertainer as part of the Northeast Buccaneers and the Rogues Armada. And he's the author of a new children's book called Captain Jay and the Misfit Crew. We dig into Jay's pirate history, how he deals with his own "misfit-ness", dealing with bullying, and the children's book publishing biz. Lots of good stuff in here. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews...

Duration:00:34:29

144 Faith Pierce of Finding Your Neverland

6/12/2018
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Maybe you like a good camp out. And I know you like pirate stuff. So how about Pirate Camp! Faith Pierce runs Finding Your Neverland, a pirate-themed summer camp for adults and families. It's a great 3-day getaway that Faith has designed as a digital detox from your regular life. She'll tell us the story of how she got there and everything you can expect when you get there. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate...

Duration:00:46:55

143 Bradley Rogers of Eastern Carolina University

6/5/2018
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A week or so ago I saw a press release about a new privateer shipwreck being worked on in Bermuda. And the head of the project, Bradley Roger of Eastern Carolina University's Maritime Studies Department, was nice enough to let me interrupt his vacation to tell you about it. Some really interesting stuff here about how they decided why privateer vs pirate, how they can tell what country the ship belonged to, and how the early settlers of Bermuda benefited from the wreck. And we dig into...

Duration:00:30:59

142 Robin Flanagan of Crimson Pirates and Chris Leidenfrost of The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told

5/29/2018
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We've been doing a lot with the arts recently and I love it! On today's show we have Robin Flanagan from Crimson Pirates and Chris Leidenfrost of The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told. We'll dig into how to Crimson Pirates sort of accidentally came to be. And after Chris joined, how he went into spin-off mode with The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told. Lots of music, improv, and arts management talk in this one. Super fun! Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your...

Duration:00:52:36

141 Rich Manic of Captain Festus McBoyle's Travellin' Variety Show

5/22/2018
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All the way from New Zealand, Rich Manic is on the show today! Rich is the leader and aka of Captain Festus McBoyle's Travellin' Variety Show. We dig into the status of the pirate scene in New Zealand, how Rich went from teaching special education kids how to come out of their shells and get on stage to being thrown into a pirate gig just because. And now that they're a huge deal in New Zealand, what's next? Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil...

Duration:00:48:06

140 Steve Bush and Daniel Redman of Ahoy There Podcast

5/15/2018
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Steve Bush and Daniel Redman are the creators and hosts of the Ahoy There Podcast. Both accomplished improvisers, they improvise a serialized pirate story every week and it's so much fun! We dig into their improv backgrounds and talk about the challenges of working in an audio-only medium. And of course, why pirates? Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews the most interesting people in the...

Duration:00:39:58

139 Dave Burgess of Teach Like A Pirate

5/8/2018
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Dave Burgess taught some of the toughest classes imaginable and compiled his ideas into Teach Like A Pirate. And now he's teaching others how to educate in a fun and experiential way. I love talking to people that are using the mythos and iconography of pirates to do cool new things like the modern world. And if you're an educator, re-enactor, living history type or just have an interest in our broken education systems, you'll love this episode. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all...

Duration:00:40:07

138 Cheryl Jones on the British Navy

5/1/2018
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Cheryl Jones is one of those interesting people that will surprise you with the challenges she's willing to take on. And while many pirates went on the account after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean, Cheryl took the whole thing way farther. Plenty of good pirate talk and how she extended that interest into the British Navy. And of course, the funny story of how she and I originally connected. :) Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian,...

Duration:00:50:43

137 Richard Rasner of Clan Darksail

4/24/2018
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Richard Rasner aka Damashi D'Gascoigne is the head of Clan Darksail out of Southern California. We'll dig into the group's origins and the breadth of gigs they do from private parties to high end film work like "Master and Commander". Richard is also an expert on quartermasters, so we'll find out what that's all about. And we talk a bit more about "The Pirate Captain Toledano" which they were also involved in. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil...

Duration:00:46:10

136 Blackbeard: Birth of American author Samuel Marquis

4/17/2018
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Samuel Marquis is a prolific historical fiction writer and the author of Blackbeard: The Birth of America. After a bunch of books about WWII, the CIA, and espionage agents, Sam turned his attention to the history of Blackbeard. Not only the facts and new research that have come out in the last few years, but what those conversations might have sounded like. And we get a great historical fiction novel about Blackbeard that really takes you into Blackbeard's head and onto the deck of the...

Duration:00:40:31

135 Somali Piracy Expert Jordan Wylie

4/10/2018
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Jordan Wylie is the author of "Citadel: The True Story of One Man’s War Against the Pirates of Somalia" and an expert in Maritime Security and Somali piracy. As much as we talk about the historical and pop culture aspects of pirates, I think it's important to also talk about how piracy still affects the modern world. And while the Somali's differ in a lot of ways from the old guys, they also share some common motivations. We'll dig into Jordan's background and how he came to maritime...

Duration:01:03:53

134 Anne Chambers on Grace O'Malley

3/20/2018
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Happy post-St. Patrick's Day! Anne Chambers is the world's leading expert on Ireland's Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley. We'll dig into how and why she started researching Grace's life. Especially what part Grace O'Malley plays in Irish culture and how Anne has helped them color in the lines. We also discuss why "pirate" may not be the most accurate descriptor for Grace O'Malley. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and...

Duration:01:15:09

133 Anthony Cummins aka Captain Tonz

3/13/2018
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Anthony Cummins aka Captain Tonz makes the claim that he's a real pirate. We'll unpack his definition of what a real pirate is versus what the rest of us might think. Regardless of definitions, Anthony has a great many adventures at sea and he'll tell us about some of them.And we take a primer dive into Somali piracy (which we'll hear more about next week). Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews...

Duration:00:48:54

132 Sophia Cancelli and Ces Erdman of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary

3/6/2018
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It's a 2-fer today! Ces Erdman runs the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary. Previously a parrot rescue guy, now he just keeps unwanted parrots at his sanctuary instead of trying to rehome them which they don't like. (For reasons he'll explain.) And Sophia Cancelli is the resident fundraiser for Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary and in deep fostering connections between the pirate community and the sanctuary. We'll hear about Sophia's time working in film and TV, how Ces fell into parrot rescue, and...

Duration:01:10:37

131 Randy Moore and Brandon Harrison of Northstar Penguins

2/27/2018
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A bit of an experimental episode this week when I asked on the UTC Facebook page "Any pirates in SLO?" and Randy Moore and Brandon Harrison of the Northstar Penguins leapt to the challenge. :) And "Penguins" is not a typo. They'll tell you the story. Usually I'm better prepared for an interview but went in cold on this one. Turns out Brandon and Randy are great guys and we had a great talk sitting on the patio outside the Lexington Inn in SLO. And a guest co-host this week! Comedian...

Duration:00:29:59

130 Bill Furney author of Black Hearts White Bones

2/20/2018
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Bill Furney is the author of Black Hearts White Bones, a fiction story about what might have happened to Anne Bonny and Mary Read after they "plead their bellies" at their trials for piracy. It's a really fun adventure story that takes quite a few twists and turns. Bill and I dig into his process for writing the book, all the way from research to how he created his audiobook for Audible. Some great info here for authors and anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of the book biz. And...

Duration:00:54:21